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I remember the first time I went to the golf course by myself to "pick up a game."

It felt very weird to walk up to the desk and sign up as a single.  I had seen lots of people do it, primarily men. Being paired up with random singles was part of my golf experience.  But ME, going out alone without a golf buddy in tow was uncomfortable.

I started by going to the driving range alone. I came to LOVE my solo practice sessions.  I love the feeling of a clean golf shot.  Some say a shot on the sweet spot feels better than sex.  I will let you deal with that one on your own.  Suffice it to say, the golf swing does feel really good when it is honed and practiced.

When my kids were young,  I would escape to the area range when my husband got home from work. It was a GREAT escape. I could hit dozens of balls with no interruptions.  Time for myself.  Occasionally guys would stop by to admire my swing and many would volunteer free tips, even though my swing was better than theirs!

But going out to play alone was foreign and unappealing. I decided that was ridiculous and made a date with myself to pick up a game. Isn't weird how we make such a big deal out of nothing?  I had a fantastic time that day!  Acting as if I had done it a thousand times before, I walked up to the cute young pro behind the desk and said, "Greens fees for one please."

To my immense relief, he didn't look at me like I was a loser who couldn't get a golf date. He just quoted the price, took my card, handed me a score card and pointed me in the direction of the first tee.  I felt wonderful.  I went out and introduced myself to the three men I was joining and got ready to tee off.

The guys were great.  They didn't know each other either! We all had our share of bad shots and good shots and chatted about this and that.  It is easy to say "Nice shot!"  And everyone has a golf story to tell!  A golf pro buddy of mine says it takes about 3 holes before people loosen up and start to engage with one another.  I think she is right!  By the end of a round, there is a nice rapport within the group.  Settling into the 19th hole for a beverage and recap puts just the right finish on the day.

I love meeting new golf friends. There are even golf meet up groups in many cities.  If golfing alone intimidates you, all the better reason to get out there and do it!!  Golf is the best confidence builder ever and if you don't think so....get out there and get some lessons.  If great golf really IS better than sex, you don't want to miss out do you?


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